Members of the advisory board are:
Executive Director Schweizer Kaderorganisation (SKO)
Jürg Eggenberger studied economics at the University of Zurich and has a Master's degree in Services Marketing and Management and also further training in organisational development. He has been Executive Director of the Swiss Management Organisation SKO (www.sko.ch) and a member of the Board of Trustees of the sfb Education Centre since 2013. Previously, he was Rector of Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences and served in executive management functions and on the boards of directors and foundations of various industries. He co-authored the practice-oriented reference book "Flexible Workforce Fit for the Challenges of the Modern World of Work?".
"Why am I taking part? Firstly, the SKO wants to support goals, projects and measures to achieve real equality between men and women. Secondly, the proportion of women at the management level in Switzerland is still stagnating despite many initiatives. Compared to EU countries, Switzerland has one of the lowest percentages of women in management positions. It cannot be due to the leadership quality of women that the proportion of women in management positions remains weak. It has long been known from research that mixed-gender teams increase the quality of decision-making and ensure more creativity and innovation, and better reflect market needs. It also makes sense for demographic reasons to increase the number of women in the labour market.
The advancement of women affects men. Males may feel threatened because thought patterns are being broken and behaviour patterns are being questioned. Their inclusion in support programmes has been inadequate up to now. Men must realise what the added value of women’s advancement is for the company and realise that they, as those affected, should be able to support these measures. The project aims to cover this gap."
Andy Keel, MSc, BA
Founder of Gender Diversity Consulting Do-it-smart and owner of the Teilzeit AG
Over 10 years of experience in the strategic anchoring and operational implementation of flex work and gender diversity in medium and large companies.
«The Teilzeitmann (the part-time man) campaign has so far succeeded in attracting over 100,000 additional men to part-time work. It was naturally a must for me to support the initiators of this critical project with my expertise»
Head of Diversity at Suva
Betina Balitzki is a passionate and highly experienced senior diversity expert with many years of experience within the telecommunications industry. Her various roles – Operations Executive, HR Manager, Product Manager, Area Sales Manager – enable her to ask and answer strategic, intercultural and human questions both comprehensively and with deep understanding.
Her background is in business and languages. She completed her Master's degree in business at the University of The Hague. Various further training, e.g., as Facilitator for Change and Innovation (IDEO) and in Strategies for Female Leadership (IMD) and a degree as HBDI Coach II, help her daily work with people and projects.
Through her many years of responsibility as Head of Diversity at SWISSCOM AG from 2009 to 2015, she built up an extensive Swiss business, politics, and education networks. She was a member of the SWONET foundation board, a Generation CEO sponsor, and also supports various universities' projects on diversity and inclusion.
"In terms of diversity, my passion is for people and opportunities and for enabling maximum use of potential and innovation."
Her mother tongue is German, although English and Dutch have also grown close to her heart. She lives with her husband and children in the centre of the Swiss capital Bern.
Product Owner, Drupalista at Liip
Josef works as a consultant for the open-source web technology company Drupal and Scrum, and for other Agile practices at the interface between interdisciplinary teams.
"Equal opportunities and a diverse team are important to me. Over the last few years, I have learned to appreciate working with diverse groups both locally and internationally. I am convinced that our clients and we can only benefit if leadership is distributed regardless of characteristics such as gender or age. I find the question of the extent to which self-organisation and diversity are connected particularly exciting and am therefore very much looking forward to the research results and to a lively exchange in the course of this project."
Diversity expert, columnist, member of management board, lecturer as well as Head HR Abacus Research AG
Yvonne Seitz is Head Human Resources at Abacus Research AG and member of the Executive Board since March 2021. Ever since the company was founded, it has been committed to the idea that bringing together different perspectives brings added value. Before she built up diversity management at AXA -- the largest Swiss insurance company -- and received various awards, including the Prix Balance and the Prix Egalité. Today she passes on the knowledge she has acquired at various universities and at universities of applied sciences. In addition, as a columnist for the last six years she has been writing about change in the world of work. The focus of her work is always on demographic, social and technological change and the associated effects on human resources policy. Previously, Yvonne, who is a mother of two, worked for eight years as an editor, presenter and producer for Swiss television SRF and 3sat. In 2017, Yvonne was voted one of the top 100 women in Switzerland by "Women in Business" magazine.
"Why am I taking part? For me, diversity has always meant bringing together different perspectives. And I am convinced that diversity of perspective leads to more innovation and better - because more comprehensively thought-out - solutions. Unfortunately, diversity is too often reduced to the topic of "women's advancement". However, diversity is much more than that: it includes differences, whereby all sides can benefit from each other. In other words, if diversity works, then 1+1 = 3. In this respect, it is indispensable to include men's voices and to listen carefully to their questions and ideas regarding diversity. This is because the future will demand new ways of thinking from us...and for that, we need women AND men to think along with us."
Change Management and Communication Expert, HR Manager and Co-Owner of a Start-up Company
Diana Kugelmann studied business administration at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University and sociology at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. As a consultant, change manager and in the last ten years as HR director and member of the executive board in well-known Swiss SMEs, she guides companies through change and transformation processes in HR settings, and change management, communication and culture change. She also runs an innovative retail concept in Zurich on Europaallee with her husband.
"Why am I taking part? In my professional past I have dealt intensively with the "future of work". From a demographic point of view and due to the shortage of skilled workers, we are increasingly dependent on women in professional life. The fact that women still occupy a relatively small share of management positions, even though they already make up more than half of all university graduates, is incomprehensible to me. However, at the same time, I have met many great men in my professional life who want to treat women and men equally and, in their eyes, are already doing so. Nevertheless, the facts on the subject of equality currently speak a different language. How can we find a solution or a social development that most people want? This challenge can only be successfully mastered, without recriminations, together, by all genders, including men. I think this research project is exactly the right approach, and I am very keen to see its findings.